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Top Fives: Top 5 Airsoft Game Types

Game On. Airsoft Style.

Just like there are many different types of airsofter, there are many different types of airsoft game. Load up your airsoft guns, throw on your facemask and tactical gear and get ready to check ou t our list of Top 5 Airsoft Game Types.

 

#1. Team Death Match

KLI Baba Yaga recoil

Team Death Match (or TDM as it may be more well known) is first on the list for very good reason. It gets played everywhere.

From indoor fields on the west coast to the outdoor MILSIM games on the east coast, every player has played a TDM match at some point in their airsoft career. The concept of the game is simple, shoot the other team by slinging as many BB’s as you can, try not to get shot. Last team standing wins.

TDM also finds itself at the heart of every other game type you may see on this list, as at the end of the day, everything ends with shooting the players on the opposing team.

 

#2. Capture The Flag

This stalwart staple of the airsoft field circuit exists at #2 because much like it’s cousin, Team Death Match, it gets played A LOT.

While the flag isn’t always a flag per say, some form of “grab this thing and take it somewhere else” is a popular way to spice up traditional “just shoot the other guy” game play by mixing in a goal that isn’t directly linked to your Kill/Death ratio.

Rules in these modes can vary, but often revolve around some key centerpiece object, the “flag”, and capturing it to return it to another location. Sometimes each team has a flag, sometimes there is only one. The possibilities are close to limitless, and you can change the flag out for anything from a bomb, to a downed pilot, to a vehicle players have to escort from one place to another.

 

#3. Domination / Conquest / Territory Control

Our third most popular game type has a few different monikers you may know it by, but they are all essentially the same. This mode works like capture the flag but in reverse. In stead of grabbing a Flag and taking it to a new location, you have to seize a piece of territory, sometimes just a building, sometimes a whole area or a parked vehicle, and defend it from the enemy.

This style of game rose to prominence due to it’s popularity as the centerpiece game mode of the Battlefield franchise of video games, and it’s ease of set up for the airsoft field. It requires very little set up to engage in, and can provide very dynamic and engaging game play without much input from field staff. It can be scored any number of ways, though the most popular tends to be by measuring who controls the most area by the end of a given time limit. Sometimes scoring is determined in parts during the game as well.  This mode is great when mixed into larger scenarios utilizing some of the strategies of a game type like Capture the Flag as well.

#4. Blob Games

These game types also have many colorful names, but the basis is simple. Start with multiple squads, and have every pick a name for the squad. Once the game starts, the goal is to shoot everyone you can, and “tag” them back in to your own team, assimilating them into a giant blob. The winner is the team that engulfs everyone at the end.

These games are perfect during pre-determined lunch periods or more casual days, as they keep the action going, and tend to remove the nasty “walk to respawn” part of airsoft that we all hate doing. If you get shot, it means someone is pushing on your position and you’re about to gain a whole new slew of targets to engage once you’ve flipped teams.

This mode is perfect for players who love chaos, as it can often be hard to tell who is on which side or what you should be concentrating on when you start picking targets. However, it provides some of the highest quotas for trigger time of any game type we’ve ever played, and that’s what makes it so much fun. It is by nature a very kinetic and dynamic game that forces you to think on your feet and adapt to a constantly changing battle line.

 

#5. Hunger Games / Battle Royale

This game mode gets it’s name from the popular styles of video game, and the movie/book fandom that hit big in the mid 2000’s. Replicating the same style of gameplay is pretty simple, lay out everyone’s guns around your play area, and make everyone scavenge for their gear to do battle. Last player standing is the winner!

This game type works best when you have a lot of trust between players, as you’ll be handling each others gear, and can be the most fun with small groups of players for fast turn around. The thrill you get when playing these types of games is exhilarating and cannot be beat by any other type. It is worth every second of how tricky this style of game can be to get going at your local field.

 

This definitely wasn’t everything

There are far more options for game modes, styles, and types than the five we’ve shown you here today. However, these can be perfect if you are trying to set up your own field and need some inspiration. This may also work as a primer on the basics of airsoft game types for new players, and hopefully you all learned something today. Each of these types of games requires a different set of skills and thinking, and you can improve the odds by picking the right gear for the challenge ahead.

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Smaller Than Your Average – Lancer Tactical Proline Needletail PDW Review

Lancer Tactical Proline Needletail PDW (Low FPS)

  

            The Lancer Tactical Gen2 series can be called without a doubt, a successful revival of the brand. Upgrades pre-installed, and a much better quality control are just of the much needed components to creating a successful line, and Lancer Tactical realized this. Almost every Gen2 Lancer Tactical is a complete step forward when compared to the older first generation rifles. However if you find yourself stuck deciding which model to invest in, hopefully this overview of the Proline Needletail PDW will help you decide.

            Externally, the Needle tail features a full metal receiver and not a bit of wobble anywhere to be felt. The rail installed is an M-lok metal rail, making it super sleek and low profile. The PDW stock is also of a lower profile design and houses the battery. It must be said that while the Needle tail’s PDW stock is not exactly spacious, there are much worse and tighter battery compartments out in the market. Additionally the rifle will sport a flat trigger, definitely attempting to exude an aesthetic of modern tastes.

            The internals are that of the proline; V2 gearbox that is fully upgradeable, ETU and mosfet, 6.03 tightbore inner barrel, and a quick change spring system. There does exist two variations of this particular model, a common practice for Lancer Tactical. While one of these variations shoots closer to 400 fps, this particular model shoots sub 350. This makes it much more convenient for indoor players as most indoor fields will restrict airsoft guns to fire at no more than 350 fps.

            Couple its high quality internals and its sturdy compact external design, this is a definite contender for your next CQB airsoft platform.


Airsoft Sniping And You: Why You Should Try It Yourself

So You Want To Try Airsoft Sniping…

With the rise of airsoft sniping on YouTube, a whole new generation of Airsoft Players has gotten interested about long range game play. Many are far too scared to ever try it out though! We think airsoft sniping can be a very rewarding and gratifying style of game play everyone should try! The airsoft guns are more affordable than ever, and you’re running out of excuses.

 

Becoming the Chris Kyle of Airsoft isn’t as hard as many people think. I’ve been known to snipe from time to time at my home field of D14 Airsoft, and despite what many people may think it’s a great field to snipe at. With tons of woods, a huge creek, and lots of long sight lines to cover in the more built up areas, it’s a great location to try and snipe at.

 

Airsoft Sniping takes skills, but that’s what makes it fun!

Unlike a lot of styles of game play in airsoft, Sniping takes some actual skill to pull off. The barrier to start is pretty low, but mastering this craft is something many players will strive for, but never actually achieve, and that’s the best part!

Being successful at airsoft sniping requires you to master a craft so vastly different from the run-and-gun play style of traditional rifles or sub machine guns, and requires much more stealth than LMG players need, that you can really set yourself apart as a player.

You’ll need to master:

  • Patience
  • Silent Movement
  • Aiming and Trigger Pull
  • Cover and Concealment
  • Reading the Wind

All of these skills are key for success as a sniper, and any one can learn them if you take the time!

 

It’s even better when you have mixed terrain

D14 Airsoft is a great place to snipe because of the diverse terrain. Many people think sniping is hiding in a bush for hours on end, but that simply isn’t true in airsoft. Sniping takes many forms, from locking down a whole street with precision fire to traditional bush wookie tactics. D14 has tons of great lines to snipe from if you can get clever.

The secret is to quit looking for one size fits all spots that cover the whole field. Smart field designers won’t give players powerful positions like this because they aren’t fun. However, find the spots that are going to cover hot spots on the field for the scenario. Help your team push from one building to the next by covering a long street. Consider cutting off a flanking route or line of retreat off the beaten path and away from the main bulk of the fighting. Airsoft guns don’t shoot a mile, and you’ll need to re-adjust how your brain thinks about sniping, especially if your only reference is video games or movies.

 

Building  A Decent Bolt Rifle Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

It’s never been more affordable to start sniping in airsoft. With affordable options on the market such as the Classic Army M24 or the JG BAR10 the rifles themselves are very affordable. These guns are perfectly serviceable for medium range play out of the box, and will let you get your feet wet.

From there, you will want to consider upgrades. While you can spend an infinite amount of money tuning your rifle to the peak of performance, if you are willing to take it slow, you can get your rifle shooting well past the competition for pocket change. Consider some basic upgrades like a hop up bucking, a tight bore barrel, and maybe a spring to up your FPS. Once you get those parts in, you can take a look at other parts to improve long term viability and consistency.

There’s no need to go hog wild up front and dump a small fortune into a style of play you are trying out. While it’s the ultimate goal to have a precision nail driver, you can be plenty effective with some minimal upgrades and a budget friendly rifle.

 

Changing Your Play Style and Kit Can Breathe New Life

We all have our preferences when it comes to how we play. Sometimes that can lead to burn out if you spend your whole airsoft career shooting the same gun on the same field in the same way. Breathe some new life into your favorite hobby by changing up the dynamic. Sniping can give you an opportunity to try a new style of play, and make you flex your skills in other areas. Without a great option for close quarters defense, you’ll find yourself improving and relying on your pistol skills more, or using stealth to stay out of those situations. If you’ve spent every game pulling triggers on full auto platforms, learning to run a bolt gun at distance will absolutely change the way you view the game and how you experience it.

Do yourself a favor, try something new. Who knows? You just might like it!

 

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Upgraded LiPo Ready Airsoft Rifle For $110 – Apex Fast Attack Polymer Review

Airsoft is a hobby, and like most hobbies you get what you pay for. Airsoft is by no means an exception. However, once in a while you can find a hidden gem amongst all the expensive products. The polymer fast attack series from Apex come at an affordable price and include some awesome features.

Out of the box you will be receiving one of two variations, a standard M4A1 length barrel or a shortened version with a MK18 length barrel, both featuring a quad picatinny rail system ideal for accessorizing. The majority of the gun externally is built from polymer, making it incredibly lightweight and easier to carry, especially for beginner players. Internally the Fast Attack series will sport a 6.03 tight bore inner barrel and a lipo ready gearbox. Pair this with a quick change spring system and you have yourself an incredibly convenient little BB Gat.

While features such as tight bore barrels, qc spring systems and even mosfets are becoming more and more of a common sight in “beginner” AEGs, the price tag for the poly-bodied Apex rifles is a standout for sure. At $110-$120, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re a more experienced player looking for a new project then the Apex polymer models will serve as a low cost and convenient platform.

No matter which way you slice it, the Apex Fast Attack is definitely worth a second glance.


No Fields? How To Set Up A Private Airsoft Game

All Geared Up With Nowhere To Go…

This is a reality for airsofters across the country. You’ve bought a bunch of amazing airsoft guns, stocked up on tactical gear and have nowhere to play. While there are certainly way more fields across the country than we had even five years ago, very large portions of the American landscape are still without any organized places to play airsoft. Does that mean that you’ll be stuck with a closet full of gear and nowhere to play? Not necessarily. There are still plenty of ways that you can engage in the sport of airsoft legally, even if you don’t have a regular weekend spot to hit up with your friends! Today, we’re going to cover some tips for starting up your own local skirmishes in lieu of a regular field to play at.

 

Get Organized!

Step one is pretty easy. You need to get a group of players organized and ready to get involved. This can take many forms, but with the advent of social media, we have seen the best results by utilizing Facebook groups or Discord. The best way we’ve found is to set up something geographically relevant to your area. Some groups like this may even exist already within your city, county, or state that you can utilize for this purpose. If none exist, try to set one up for yourself, and consider joining or searching out a few other similar groups to get an idea for some easy-to-follow group rules to make sure everyone stays civil and manageable.

 

From here, the important step is to start a dialogue with your fellow locals. Figure out what kinds of gameplay people are into. Does your local community want close quarters? Do they crave the hard core MILSIM game types? If you’re dipping your toe into being the community’s new event guy, you need to start figuring out what people want, because it’s going to inform a lot of choices in step two.

Learn Your Local Laws

This is the boring part, but it’s necessary. Call your local police station up (not 911) via their informational line. Many departments have someone specifically to answer community questions. Ask about your local laws regarding brandishing and discharging airsoft guns. Figure out if there are restrictions on being within city limits or county lines and make sure you aren’t going to be breaking the law setting up an event.

You obviously can’t play in public parks, housing developments or other areas where you can’t control the entry and exit from the property to prevent unintended parties from being caught in the action, but you’d be surprised what other strange laws exist on the books that can make your search for airsoft nirvana a little harder to achieve. Do as much research as you can here in this step to prevent some kind of unexpected surprise later on.

Find a Location

This is going to be one of the hardest parts of the process. As we all know, you can’t just show up somewhere and start slinging BB’s. In most of America, it is illegal to brandish your airsoft replicas in public, and even if it were legal, it still isn’t a very good idea for safety purposes. Here’s some places you definitely need to avoid.

Don’t Play At:

  • Schools
  • Public Parks
  • In The Middle Of The Street
  • Public Land
  • Places where you do not have explicit permission
  • Any Place Used For Hunting

You’ll need to find some private land and get to work getting permission to play. The land you are looking for can take many forms. Some players had success finding an old warehouse, getting permission from the owner to use it in exchange for money or other help, and using that for their events. Often times, this land takes the form of one of your local player’s privately owned property that has enough room to start having fun with larger groups of airsofters. The key here is to get the legal permissions you need to play. Once you find the property you want to try and play on, you need to contact the owners, and get their permission in writing to prevent any issues.

Does one of your players have a family member with a lot of country land? Ask them to put you in contact, and see if you can work something out, and get permission.

Did you see a cool area that looks like it’d be a fun place to play? There are city and county records you can use to find the owner, and strike up a conversation. You may strike out, but you definitely won’t get a yes if you never ask.

Is there some private ranch belonging to someone you know? Ask them if you can use it.

Permission, Permission, Permission.

The important goal here is to have PERMISSION. Get permission IN WRITING and have it with you on the day of the game. This will help you avoid any kind of issues or possible legal action if someone decides to interfere with your airsoft game. This is VERY IMPORTANT and something you absolutely have to have!

You then will want to take it one step further, call the police station again, and speak with someone in charge. Don’t call 911, but that informational line again. Let the police know what is going on, and get the name and phone number as well as any other contact information you can possibly get of the officers you speak to. Let them know you are running an airsoft game, what is going to go on, and that you have permission, this way if someone still calls the police despite your best efforts, it can prevent any unnecessary hassle or stressful police encounters, and the police can focus on doing their jobs where they are really needed.

 

 

How Do You Know It’s The Right Fit?

This is where knowing who is interested, and what kinds of games to run comes in. Is your community full of guys with AK’s and Russian MILSURP gear? You’ll want an outdoor space. Is your local group a bunch of SpeedQB loving fast movers with HI-capas? Find some controlled indoor space. Make sure there’s enough space for everyone, but don’t try to acquire more space than you really need. Look into donations for setting up the next event, or to help the property owner with any damages/clean up from your events. The important thing here is to have a realistic idea of what you can and can’t get away with in terms of size and space and game types, and make sure you secure the right location, or your game is toast before it even starts.

 

Set the Date and Send It!

Once you have all the preliminary work done, it’s time to start planning your event.

Hop back in your discussion group and start asking about good dates. Once you find a common date that people will attend at, it’s time to make it happen.

Start planning your games simply enough. Basic game types that don’t require a lot of prep, planning, or props are best when you first start out, especially if you do not own the land you are playing on yourself. Here are some great places to start:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Capture The Flag
  • King of the Hill
  • Blob
  • VIP Games

These are all simple games that do not require much in the way of props or set up, especially if your field has good natural terrain and cover to make for fun engagements. Start small, see what people like, and adapt these modes as you see fit to keep your new airsofting buddies happy.

Safety First!

If you haven’t picked one up yet, we do also recommend picking up a chronograph, so you can make sure everyone is within safe limits to shoot at each other. If you’ve never played at a field before, check out some popular ones from around the country, and adopt their rules for the time being for safety. Typically, in the USA airsoft guns are required to shoot below 400 FPS at most fields, but this can very based on a few stipulations. As with the rest of this process, simply do some research to find what is going to work best for you.

We also recommend some signage along with the other precautions. Make some simple signs that say “Airsoft games nearby. Realistic replica guns being used. Please call this number” and place your number below the text so that you can helpfully solve any issues before the police have to become involved as well. These signs were common place when airsoft was still a much less popular game than it is today.

The Important Thing Is to Get Out And Play, Safely.

It’s definitely no easy feat to set up a game in an area where fields are nowhere to be found, but it isn’t hard either. You have to understand the herculean task ahead of you if your plan is to take this job on for your community as the volume of work is large. This is how every local airsoft community to ever exist in the USA has started though, to some degree, but now you can use these tips to help bring the airsoft community to your local community in a positive and safe way.

Make sure whatever it is you are doing to get out and play, you are following all of your local laws, playing with integrity, and keeping safety for yourself and your fellow players and bystanders at the forefront of your mind when your on the field and doing all of your planning. It isn’t worth setting up some renegade game that causes more harm to the community than good. We are all in this together, and who knows, if you build a big enough following, bigger and better fields may start popping up before you know it!

 

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This article is not legal advice. Airsoft GI is not responsible for the actions of any person or persons utilizing this article as legal advice. Follow all local laws and regulations when utilizing your airsoft guns in any capacity.